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International Teaching Assistants

The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) offers support for International Teaching Assistants (ITA). Specialized English for Academics and Professionals (EAP) courses including ITA Communication, Academic Speaking, and Pronunciation are available to ITAs at the ELC. The ELC also conducts English-langauge proficiency assessments for ITAs in August and January.

ITA Assessment

ITAs at Vanderbilt University (VU) may be evaluated for English-language proficiency at the request of their departments or by self-selection. ITAs may be assessed throughout their time at VU depending on how their role as ITAs and department needs may change. The evaluation process is designed to determine whether an ITA has the high level of communication skills needed to carry out TA responsibilities.

The assessment for Fall 2015 will be on August 20th. You must sign up using the link below. (Returning ITAs from Spring 2015 need not be re-assessed; just sign up for your next ELC-recommended course in Step 3 below.)

Step 1: Complete ITA assessment sign-up form

Step 2: Attend ITA assessment at the ELC (if required)

  • An ELC Language Specialist will contact you after you complete the form to set up an assessment time

Step 3: Based on assessment results (or last semester’s grade and recommendation), the ELC may recommend one of the following courses:

ITA Resources

Please visit the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching for other ITA-related information.

For Vanderbilt Departments

Directors of Graduate Study and other departmental representatives may also visit the ELC Campus Support page.


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